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January 2012



Happy New Year! We're ready for another year of providing you with valuable resources to help you coach your swimmers. We're excited to announce that we've hired a full-time staff member to oversee our Club and Coach Services division--see below for more.


Check the 2012 Spring Nationals page at next week as we expect to get online registration up for Spring Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., April 26-29.

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Club and Coach Services
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Questions? Need help getting your club up and running?

Club and Coach Services Director: Bill Brenner


Northwest, AZ, NM, South Central, Dixie: 

Midwest, East:
Mel Goldstein
Free marketing materials are available for USMS programs. Caps, stickers, brochures, etc. You pay shipping.  

Small club? Just starting out? Don't have an advertising budget? We have created free templates that you can use to promote your program, your swim meets and your open water events.

Meet Our New Club and Coach Services Director
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Laura S. Jones and Bill Brenner
Interview with Bill Brenner
Bill Brenner Bill Brenner is USMS's new Club and Coach Services Director, and he is dedicating himself to expanding the quantity and quality of our local clubs and coaching. A mid and long distance freestyler who also places well in the longer breaststroke events, Brenner, 53, swims for the Sarasota YMCA Sharks and has also served as meet director for numerous Masters meets. A longtime Masters swimmer and coach who has a Level 2 Masters coach certification, Brenner is a natural leader who demands excellence of himself and those around him. Brenner has been an active board volunteer within the Florida LMSC and has served as its Top 10 recorder. He has also attended the last three annual conventions and has been a member of both the Championship Committee and the Coaches Committee. Read more...
Kicking and Screaming
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Scott Bay, Coaches Committee Chair
For triathletes, open water and distance pool swimmers
Scott Bay We can probably all agree that kicking makes a huge difference in swimming across all distances and abilities. One of the things we have struggled with in our program is explaining the necessity of kick sets for our triathletes and our distance and open water swimmers. I adopted a few thoughts that I learned from the excellent speakers at the World Clinic. Read more...
Are You a Certified Masters Coach?
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Upcoming USMS Masters Coach Certification Classes
USMS Certification Do you have your USMS Masters Coach Certification? In 2010 there were 27 coaches certified with USMS Level I and II. By the end of 2011 the number jumped to over 250 coaches with certifications. Don't miss your opportunity to get certified as a USMS coach. Courses are planned for:

  • Jan. 28, 2012 - Joliet, Ill.
  • Feb. 11, 2012 - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
  • Apr. 21-22, 2012 - Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 12-13, 2012 - Barrington & Boston, Mass.
  • Sep. 7-8, 2012 - ASCA World Clinic, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Sep. 12, 2012 - USAS Convention, Greensboro, N.C.

More information and registration can be found on our Coaches Page

Hotels for Spring Nationals
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Host Hotels
Greensboro 2012A wide variety of Host Hotels within 5 to 10 minutes of the Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) have been reserved. The 1000-room Sheraton Greensboro, North Carolina's largest hotel, is serving as our Headquarters Hotel. Joining the Sheraton are an attractive selection of full-service, mid-price, and economy hotels. Throughout the meet, every Host Hotel will have a continuous shuttle service to and from the GAC, including on warmup day (Wednesday the 25th). You may select your preferred hotel and book online via the Greensboro hotel housing bureau.

If you stay at a Host Hotel, you will not need to have a rental car. However, if you do rent a car or drive in for the meet, the parking onsite at the GAC/Coliseum Complex is paid parking. Parking at all Host Hotels, except the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, is free.
Do Your Swimmers FLOG?
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Fitness Logs Are a Great Way to Track Progress
Computer Calendar Your members can track their swimming and other fitness activities via our online Fitness Logs. With this exciting online service, you can log a wide variety of fitness activities such as swim workouts, running, weights and yoga on your flog calendar and track your weekly, monthly and annual totals online. Instructions to help your members can be found here.
Are Your Members Registered with USMS for 2012?
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Tracking Member Status is Easy
new join renew button Do you know if your members are registered with USMS or not? Did you know you have the ability to view a roster of your club's current members any time you like? It's easy, just follow these simple steps and you will be able to track who is registered and who it not.
  • Go to 
  • Click the blue "Local Programs" tab across the top
  • Select your LMSC from the map
  • On your LMSC's information page, about halfway down the page, click the "xxx members" link next to the "LMSC Size" heading
The resulting list displays all currently-registered members within your LMSC. To filter this list for just your club, click your club's link at the top of the page.
Sports Medicine and Science Committee
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Are You A Health or Science Professional?
Sports Medicine

The Sports Medicine and Science Committee maintains a network of professionals willing to serve as resources to Masters swimmers and to our publications staff. We are seeking health professionals from diverse specialties to expand our network.


Questions that come in from our members, the general public, the media or our publications staff are first screened by the Sports Medicine and Science Committee Chair, and then sent to an appropriate member of the Health Network. Questions are not frequent, so participation in the network will not require a large amount of time.


If you or someone you know is a health care, medical or science professional and would like to join the network, please contact Sports Medicine and Science Committee Chair Jane Moore for more information.
Masters Coaching Opportunities
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Looking for a Coach? Looking for a Team?
Coaching on Deck
USMS maintains a discussion forum on to match up coaches and teams. The Coaching Forum has several current threads posted; check back for frequently for updates. And remember, if you are hired in a position or you hire a coach, please update your posting to save time for others who follow you to this helpful forum.
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About Us
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About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters SwimmingU.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes adult health, fitness, wellness and competition through aquatics. It does so by partnering with more than 1,000 adult swim programs across the country; promoting information via the bimonthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletter, STREAMLINES, and; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions. More than 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming. 

About STREAMLINES for Coaches
Coach talking U.S. Masters Swimming encourages all U.S. Masters Swimming coaches to subscribe to STREAMLINES for Coaches. However if you would rather not receive this update, please do not click the unsubscribe button, as that will remove you from all other USMS national office mailings. Rather, please click on the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom of this email. Here you can select to discontinue your STREAMLINES for Coaches service or sign up for the monthly members' newsletter, STREAMLINES, and/or STREAMLINES for Volunteers, a bimonthly publication.